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Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Honorable Pat Fletcher and Senator Verna Jones
join some of the MD-WFO on the road.

Verna & Karren support Philly fundraiser.

Judge Hatchet was Fired Up & Ready to Go! Beverly helps deliver supplies to PA office

MARYLAND WOMEN FOR OBAMA WERE "ON THE ROAD AGAIN" FOR BARACK OBAMA on April 12 - 13 2008! Over 100 women from Maryland brought donations of water & snacks, participated in the rally, canvassed, addressed postcards, made phone calls, attended fundraisers, house parties and attended church (I attended the historic Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church with my sister Beverly Jones who drove up from Connecticut) we were all united in our message - Barack Obama will be the Democratic Party's nominee and reclaim the White House.

Becky Carroll , National Director of Women for Obama joined some of the MD-WFO for a photo as we left the rally. Read Becky's letter below and sign up to go to Pennslyvania to help Barack!

Dear friends,

What an amazing weekend we had in Pennsylvania! More than 1,000 women from throughout the country traveled to PA this weekend to help get out the vote and recruit undecided voters. More than 800 of them rallied on behalf of Senator Obama during a pre-canvass rally and canvass training in the Philadelphia area, while others joined with hundreds more women throughout PA to canvass in Pittsburgh, Scranton, Allentown, Harrisburg, Erie and elsewhere.

Saturday’s rally was filled with incredible energy and enthusiasm driven in part by amazing speakers who helped fire up the crowd before they went knocking on doors and making calls. The pre-rally program was set to start at 8:30 am – and women were already lined up down the street by 7:15 am! Women traveled by bus, minivan, carpools, train and plane. Margi Casey McGann, who’s brother is the junior U.S. Senator for PA and who’s father was Governor of the state, served as our emcee and introduced a fabulous and diverse cast of women including: Caroline Kennedy; actress and advocate, Jessica Lange; former president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, Kate Michelman; Glenda Hatchett of the Judge Hatchett Show; and former Philadelphia councilwoman Augusta Alexander Clark. They inspired everyone and brought the crowd to their feet many times over – the rally ended with everyone shouting in unison “Yes We Can!” Our women were so fired up afterwards that their canvassing efforts helped the PA field team far surpass their goals for the weekend!

I want to give a special thanks to some Women for Obama state groups who took on many responsibilities in organizing women in their states to travel to PA this weekend. They include New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Washington D.C., Connecticut, Massachusetts, Virginia and New Hampshire. In total, 21 states were represented from as far away from California, Texas, Minnesota and Colorado, and even the U.S. Virgin Islands was represented! Its First Lady, Cecile DeJongh, was on hand to canvass and meet with voters. Massachusetts brought a bus with more than 40 women, while women from Chappaqua, NY brought in two buses filled with 80 women!

The campaign also hosted several events with undecided voters including house parties, meetings at senior centers, brunches, lunches and teas – one which was hosted by several women who served in the Clinton administration, but support Barack Obama for president!

Our WFO low dollar fundraiser that night was a great success with more than 200 in attendance. Our fantastic host, Gail Connors, put on a great event complete with a choir, live band and a festive mood that was perfect after a long day of canvassing. Jessica Lange, Kate Michelman, and Judge Glenda Hatchett stopped by to speak to the crowd and thank them for their time and dedication to the campaign.

Check out our WFO blog over the next day at and to read blogs and views photos from our exciting weekend.

And thanks again to all of you who made this weekend possible!

We have other activities in the works for next weekend in PA – which is the critical last weekend before the primary – as well as Indiana and North Carolina, so stay tuned!!

Becky Carroll
National Director, Women for Obama
We received another note from Becky with an update and links to some blogs, see below:
Thanks again for all the work you did to make last weekend such asuccess in PA. I received a ton of positive feedback from both oursupporters and those on the campaign in the field -- they were soappreciative for all of the canvassers we gave them. It was such animportant weekend for them -- the kick off of GOTV -- and we helped themexceed the goals they had set out. I am so grateful to have had all ofyou on board to help make the weekend possible. I was also able to provide a briefing to Michelle Obama and she waselated with the outcome. This program is very important to her so I'dlike to give a big thanks on her behalf as well. The low dollar fundraiser was also a hit -- our host raised close to$50,000! We also were able to hit several senior centers (6), house parties (6),a brunch, a tea with the former Clinton admin women, churches, andbeauty shops. If you haven't seen these already, ck out the pics and blogs below fromthe weekend. Thanks again!! From one of our NY volunteers: From our WFO Philly director: From the MD WFO co-chair: From one of our PA WFO volunteers:

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

DNC Delegation to Taiwan

It was a distinct honor to be invited to be a member of the DNC delegation that visited Taiwan and observed their Presidential election.